Mapping the Peripheral

Donald Teskey

20 May - 1 July 2021

Oliver Sears Gallery is delighted to reopen with Mapping the Peripheral, an exhibition of new paintings by Donald Teskey. 

 

In February of last year, Donald Teskey returned to his studio in Dublin from the west coast of County Mayo after filming for The Works Presents RTÉ programme. He had planned on developing a new series of paintings based on drawings and photos that he had made in Mayo. After such trips, his normal practice, involves working up paintings on a larger scale back in the studio. Further visits to the same landscape usually ensue until a body of coherent work is completed. No one could have foreseen the months that followed, with unprecedented travel restrictions and the imposition of lockdown. Teskey instinctively paused the process of completing the coastline paintings and decided to shift his attention to the narrow radius of the permitted 2km and then 5km limit from his home in South Dublin. 

 

This strange, unsettling and previously unimaginable period, and eleven weeks of almost unnaturally glorious Spring weather, saw Teskey return to the subject of streetscapes and to the body of work made around the River Dodder that he began in 2018. With the temporary reprieve in the Summer, Teskey seized the opportunity to return to Mayo and, for ten days, refreshed his Winter memory of the ocean and coastal landscape. 

 

What transpired was unusually transformative. Having spent a long career embedded in the landscape, it was the first time that Teskey saw the predictability of the sea and land as a metaphor for instability. The pursuant paintings of waves crashing against rock came to symbolize the erosion and washing away of everything we know to be true by an immutable force, foreign to us and more powerful than we understand.  In some respects, Teskey has found himself redefining old boundaries, the parameters we set ourselves over time, in order to represent a year of changed living.

 

Proflo
Proflo

Oil on canvas 50 x 50 cm 2020 SOLD

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Silvis II (Daniel's Clearing)
Silvis II (Daniel's Clearing)

Acrylic on paper 76 x 105 cm 2020 SOLD

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Sheep's Head Penninsula
Sheep's Head Penninsula

Acrylic on paper 76 x 105 cm 2020 SOLD

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Broadhaven Bay V
Broadhaven Bay V

Acrylic on paper 76 x 105 cm 2021 SOLD

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Petra II
Petra II

Acrylic on paper 76 x 105 cm 2021

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Promontory I
Promontory I

Acrylic on paper 76 x 105 cm 2021 SOLD

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Back Strand, Kilcummin
Back Strand, Kilcummin

Acrylic on paper 76 x 105 cm 2020 SOLD

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Silvis I
Silvis I

Acrylic on paper 76 x 100 cm 2020 SOLD

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Hidden Harbour
Hidden Harbour

Oil on canvas 70 x 80 cm 2021

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Towards Rinroe
Towards Rinroe

Oil on canvas 70 x 80 cm 2020 SOLD

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Killala Bay
Killala Bay

Oil on canvas 70 x 80 cm 2021 SOLD

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Petra I
Petra I

Acrylic on paper 76 x 105 cm 2021 SOLD

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Roaring Water Bay II
Roaring Water Bay II

Oil on canvas 70 x 80 cm 2020 SOLD

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Pervigeo
Pervigeo

Oil on canvas 50 x 50 cm 2020 SOLD

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Efflo
Efflo

Oil on canvas 50 x 50 cm 2020 SOLD

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Plaga I
Plaga I

Oil on canvas 50 x 50 cm 2021 SOLD

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Plaga II
Plaga II

Oil on canvas 50 x 50 cm 2021 SOLD

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Kilcummin Head
Kilcummin Head

Oil on canvas 50 x 50 cm 2021

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Periphery I
Periphery I

Oil on canvas 50 x 50 cm 2020 SOLD

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